How to change SQL instance name

All the doc's I've read shows to do the below, and restart SQL services, but I'm not able to login to the new SQL instance name--only the old one--and SQL config manager still shows the old instance name despite SELECT @@SERVERNAME returning the new instance name.

How do I get SQL server to recognize the new instance name when I run the below? This is a SQL 2012 instance.

sp_dropserver 'INSTANCE\OLD_NAME'  
sp_addserver 'INSTANCE\NEW_NAME', 'local'  

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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
I don't think you can rename a SQL Server instance.
The SELECT @@SERVERNAME only goes to read the data in the servers table and that's why you got the "new" name. You should rollback the changes you made or you'll have issues in a near future.

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Kyle AbrahamsSenior .Net DeveloperCommented:
That's if you're renaming the host computer that hosts instance.  

It's not recommended to do that without doing another install and uninstall.

More info:
DBAduck - Ben MillerPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
You have to uninstall and reinstall to change an INSTANCE name. This is because the service name has the instance name in it, there are other things in the registry and folders, etc.  

The ONLY way is to uninstall and reinstall. Sorry.
barnescoAuthor Commented:
Yup, that's what I had to do--uninstall/reinstall. Thanks.
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